26th International Conference
With a Special Session:
"ITI in the Century of the Gene: Challenges and Opportunities"

Cavtat / Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 7-10, 2004

Call for papers.PDF

The aim of the ITI Conference is to promote the communication and interaction among researchers involved in the development and application of methods and techniques within
the broad framework of information
and communication technology. ITI seeks papers that will advance the state of the art in the field, and help foster increased interaction among academic, engineering and business communities.

TOPICS OF INTEREST (in alphabetic order):

*Special Session: "ITI in the Century of the Gene: Challenges and Opportunities"
Computing in Business and Finance
Databases, Data Warehousing, and Information Systems
Data Mining, Statistics and Biometrics
Distance Education and Internet Collaboration
Human Interfaces and Interaction
ICT in Higher Education
Information Society
Intelligent and Multi-Agent Systems
Knowledge Management and E-Commerce
Modeling, Simulation and Optimization
Networking, Middleware, and Distributed Platforms
Theory of Computing, and Computing Methodologies


Zoltán Baracskai, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
”Knowledge on Knowledge in Knowledge
Miroslav Radman, Faculté de Médecine - Necker, Université Paris V, France
"Modeling and Image Processing in the Visualization of Evolutionary Processes"
Yadolah Dodge, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
“Teaching Statistics”
Stjin Vansteelandt, Ghent University, Belgium
“Causal inference with observational data”
School of Biometrics invited speaker

Pascal Lorenz, University of Haute Alsace, France
"QoS in Next Generation Networks"

Yehuda Vardi, Rutgers University, USA
"Exploring, Visualizing, and Measuring-Distances on Networks"
Tomaz Pisanski, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
“Representation of Graphs and Maps”

SRCE - University Computing Centre, University of Zagreb

Ministry of Science and Technology, Republic of Croatia
University of Zagreb

IMACS - International Association for Mathematics and
Computers in Simulation

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Region 8

CO-OPERATING INSTITUTIONS (in alphabetic order)

  • ARGESIM, Vienna University of Technology
  • Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Croatian Biometric Society
  • Croatian Society for Simulation Modeling
  • Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava
  • Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, Uxbridge
  • Department of Statistics and Operations Research, Polytechnical University of Catalonia
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb
  • IEEE Croatia Section Computer Chapter
  • John von Neumann Computer Society, Budapest
  • "Jožef Stefan" Institute, Ljubljana


Chair: V. Lužar-Stiffler, University of Zagreb, Croatia
H. Adeli, USA
M. Becue, Spain
I. Bratko, Slovenia
F. Breitenecker, Austria
L. Budin, Croatia
E. B. Cohen, USA
V. Ceric, Croatia
G. Doukidis, Greece
I. Futo, Hungary
M. Gams, Slovenia
V. Glavinic, Croatia
V. Hlupic, UK
A. Javor, Hungary
D. Kalpic, Croatia
S. Krajcar, Croatia
T. Legovic, Croatia
S. Levialdi, Italy
S. Loncaric, Croatia

R. Manger, Croatia
N. Mastorakis, Greece
M. T. Molfino, Italy
A. Morin, France
I. Olkin, USA
R. J. Paul, UK
M. Pidd, UK
S. Ribaric, Croatia
D. Rosenzweig, Croatia
A. Seila, USA
D. Skorin-Kapov, USA
A. Smailagic, USA
D. Šimic, Croatia
V. Vojtek, Slovakia
M. A. Vouk, USA
S. Vuletic, Croatia
K. Zdravkova, Macedonia


Invited papers
Contributed papers
Poster sessions
Panel discussions / Tutorials / Workshops
Teleconferencing session
Best student award/competition*
Hardware / Software presentations / Book exhibitions
BOF (Birds-of-a-Feather) sessions
*see criteria at

Contributed Papers
Authors who wish to present a paper related to any topic of the Conference should submit an electronic version and an identical hard-copy prepared according to the Instructions to Authors ( ITI seeks original scientific and/or professional papers. The papers, after being reviewed and accepted by two independent referees, will be published in the Conference Proceedings (book: ISSN 1330-1012, ISBN 953-96769-9-1, CD-ROM: ISSN 1334-2762, ISBN 953-7138-00-3)to be included in the IEEE Book Broker Program and abstracted in the INSPEC database.
After presentation at the Conference, a selection of papers will be recommended for publishing in the following international journals:

  • CIT Journal of Computing and Information Technology
  • IMACS Journal Mathematics and Computers in Simulation

Authors who wish to be considered for a poster or a demo session should submit an electronic version and an identical hard-copy of the poster, prepared according to the Instructions to Authors ( Abstracts, reviewed and accepted by two referees, will be published in adjunct Poster Abstracts booklet (ISBN 953-7138-01-1).

Panel Discussions / Tutorials / Workshops
Panel, tutorial and workshop proposals are welcome.


Conference lunches (daily, included in the registration fee)
Cocktail party (included in the registration fee)
Excursion with dinner (included in the registration fee)


The official Conference language is English.


Hotel «Croatia», Cavtat
The Conference will take place at the luxurious five star hotel "Croatia" in Cavtat, Croatia, only 10 minutes (6 km) from Dubrovnik International Airport. The hotel, located on a peninsula surrounded by the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, offers a picturesque view of the city of Dubrovnik.

Cavtat / Dubrovnik Area
Cavtat, ancient Greek Epidaurum, is a small city near Dubrovnik at the southern part of the Adriatic Sea. Besides its natural beauty full of sun and with unique golden sunsets, Cavtat also has a rich and interesting past. According to legends and chronicles, refugees from Epidaurum, escaping invasion of Slavs and Avars, established Dubrovnik. During the 15th century Cavtat became a part of the Republic of Dubrovnik. The city boasts remains of various cultures: Rector's Palace, Bogišic's scientific collection, Vlaho Bukovac Art Gallery, Racic Mausoleum designed by the famous Croatian sculptor Meštrovic, Šipun cave, etc. Today, Cavtat is a very attractive mixture of old and new architecture, and lush Mediterranean vegetation.

B I O S T A T 2004

11th Meeting of Researchers in Biometrics / Statistics

June 7 - 10, 2004, Cavtat / Dubrovnik, Croatia

HBMD Croatian Biometric Society
SRCE - University Computing Centre

Diana Šimic

Problems in bio-information analysis

  • Data Visualization
  • Space Reduction Methods
  • Prediction and Classification
  • Time and Space Modeling
  • Computationally Intensive Methods
  • Other


Causal inference with observational data The goal of many observational studies is to quantify the
causal effect of an exposure on an outcome. However, most statistical methods provide measures of association (which may lack a causal interpretation) and practical causal questions (such as whether an adjustment for a given confounder is appropriate) have resisted formal treatment. In this school, I will give an overview of the latest methodologic developments for estimating and identifying causal effects from observational data. Causal concepts such as causal effect, confounding, ... will be formally defined using counterfactual theory. Directed acyclic graph theory will be used to control for confounding bias. Finally, marginal structural models will be introduced to estimate the causal effect of a time-varying exposure in the presence of time-dependent confounders that lie on the causal pathway between exposure and outcome. Examples from public health studies will be provided.

Stijn Vansteelandt, Ghent University, Belgium

How to Apply for the BIOSTAT 2004
The ITI Conference participants who wish to join the Meeting or School should register using the ITI Registration Form ( Please indicate on the Form your intention to participate in the School of Biometrics, in order to receive the School handouts at the Conference. For the ITI participants, there is no additional fee for the School. Submitted papers or poster abstracts ( should reach ITI Conference secretariat within ITI deadlines and should follow ITI Instructions to authors ( Accepted papers will be presented within the ITI topic: Data Mining, Statistics and Biometrics.
The detailed program will be announced later, on the ITI web site at

Conference registration, paper submission and hotel reservation can be done only through Internet at:
To receive further information and conference deadline reminders, please register early.
Important notes for authors
An electronic version and an identical camera-ready hard-copy printed on a laser printer (for format verification purposes) of the full paper / poster abstract, should be prepared according to the Instructions to Authors (, and submitted electronically (at not later than February 1, 2004.
Upon notification of acceptance, the final version of the paper / poster abstract should be submitted electronically as well as in hard-copy before May 1, 2004.
The Conference Proceedings / Poster Abstracts booklet will be distributed at the Conference. An accepted paper / poster abstract will be published provided the registration fee has been paid on or before May 15, 2004

Please watch for new information on the ITI Conference at


Please register by Internet at as soon as possible to receive further information.

Registration Fee

Registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, conference proceedings, satchel, refreshment breaks, lunches, welcome cocktail party and conference excursion with dinner.
*Special student discount rate applies only in the case where student is named as first author. Student fee does not include lunches and conference excursion with dinner.
Please find payment instructions at the conference web site.


Please make your hotel reservation by Internet at and pay a deposit before May 15, 2004.



Residential tax: € 0,80.
All prices are given per person, per day, payable at hotel reception desk. All major credit cards are accepted. Reservations will be confirmed by hotel after receiving a deposit of € 80 per room or credit card information.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (SRCE – University Computing Centre)

Chairman Z. Bekic
Vice chair V. Hljuz Dobric
Members: N. Dobrenic, D. Mecner, B. Pejakovic, D. Penezic, M. Vedriš
Secretary Z. Batic




ITI Conference, Secretariat
J. Marohnica bb, HR-10000 Zagreb, CROATIA
Ms. Vesna Hljuz Dobric
Tel: +385 1 616 55 95, +385 1 616 55 97
Fax: +385 1 616 55 91

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